Instead of owning your own servers and associated infrastructure, these computing resources can be provisioned as a service over the internet. Your data and applications are then migrated over onto the infrastructure that you access over the web. As far as all the users in the business are concerned, there is no difference – they can’t tell that the applications and data they are using are being served from a remote location rather than from the servers that used to be on your premises. You can also have a hybrid environment, in other words some of your services are provided using your own servers and some are provided over the web but the users on your network can’t tell the difference.
The advantages of A Cloud IT Infrastructure:
- Agility: If you need to provision a new IT service for the business this can be done really quickly – the new computing resources can be online within hours.
- Flexibility: If your business needs to scale up (e.g. you win a large new order) or scale down (e.g. a big project ends) its IT, then this can be done rapidly to match your requirements. In contrast, if you own all your own infrastructure and need to upgrade it to provide more capacity, it usually takes at least 3 months to bring this new capacity on-stream.
- Quality of Service: Because you are accessing an enterprise class facility which has been designed and built for capacity, resilience and security you will receive a better quality of service than you would from your own in-house infrastructure.
- Financial Benefits: You only pay for what you use (including Microsoft licensing), and it is an operating expense rather than a capital expense. This is also a more cost effective way of providing the necessary computing resources than buying, housing, powering, maintaining and managing them yourself.
How can Northdoor help?
We offer a range of Infrastructure as a Service solutions and also migrate your data, applications and users to this service.